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An O’Reilly/Stewart recap; who’s playing whom in debate prep; and lawmakers, acting in the public interest or their own? (read-this roundup)

Vice President Biden is prepping for Thursday’s debate against Paul Ryan. (Nati Harnik/AP)

Rumble recap — Missed the Bill O’Reilly/Jon Stewart debate? Here’s a roundup of the best one-liners.

Role play — Speaking of debates, here’s how the candidates are prepping for Thursday night’s vice presidential face-off in Philadelphia. Former U.S. solicitor general Ted Olson is playing the role of Vice President Biden in Rep. Paul Ryan’s practice sessions; Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) is playing Ryan in Biden’s.

Who’s benefiting? — Are members of Congress legislating in the public interest or in their own? An analysis by a crack team at The Washington Post shows that sometimes the lines are a bit blurry.

Looking abroad — Mitt Romney gives a speech on the Middle East Monday — perhaps sensing an opportunity to look commander-in-chief-ish “with the president now potentially vulnerable on issues such as Libya and U.S.-Israeli relations.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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